Nikon D3200 vs Canon PowerShot G1X

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Nikon D3200

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Size
Really small
Standard size (117×81×65 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
117×81×65 mm vs 125×96×77 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
2.6" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
276 ms vs 697 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 60.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 644 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a through-the-lens viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$289.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1XTunnel
              D3200Pentamirror
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              G1X492 g
              D3200505 g
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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